Knowing how to properly care for your child’s smile will be a major asset for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
You want your child to grow up healthy and strong. You probably also want them to be able to grow up knowing how to do things like tie their shoes or wash their face. The same rules should apply for knowing how to care for their smiles. In the beginning, it will be up to you to set a precedent for how your child will maintain good oral hygiene. Our Jackson, MI, family dentists Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz offer up some advice for teaching your child good oral habits.
Brushing Their Teeth
The sooner you start caring for your child’s oral health the better. Even before teeth erupt you should be wiping the gums with a wet cloth after each feeding. Once teeth start to come in now it’s time to brush. Here are some things to consider:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is designed specifically for a child. Talk to our Jackson, MI, general dentist about what kind of toothpaste to choose based on the age of your child.
- Make sure to brush your child’s teeth until they are old enough to start doing it on their own (anywhere from six to eight years old). Even once your child is old enough to brush on their own you should still monitor their brushing habits to make sure they are doing a thorough job.
- Make sure that your child is brushing at least twice a day—in the morning and at night—for at least two minutes each time.
- Replace your child’s toothbrush once the bristles begin to splay out (usually every three to four months).
Remember to Floss
Once teeth grow in next to each other it’s time to start a flossing regimen. Flossing should be performed daily, and while it’s definitely ideal to have them floss at night right before bedtime, any time that you can get them to floss their teeth is the right time to floss. Make sure they are using a new, clean section of floss for each tooth.
Visit the Dentist
Starting at the age of one, your child should start coming in every six months for routine exams and cleanings. Seeing your Jackson, MI, dentist regularly ensures that your child’s teeth and gums are healthy and that if there is a problem that it’s caught and treated quickly enough to not cause long-term damage. Children who are prone to cavities or gum disease may need to come in more often for teeth cleanings.
Do you have questions about caring for your child’s smile? Need to schedule their next appointment? Then call our Jackson, MI, family dental practice today. We will work with you to find a time that fits into your busy schedule.